Rating: ***** Suggested Age: 8
Summary: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” (Summary found on Goodreads).
I thoroughly enjoyed being enveloped in the Wizarding World again, but I was also disappointed. Maybe my expectations were too high and maybe I was expecting something different. I wasn’t expecting a story that resembled fanfiction. I certainly wasn’t expecting many of the plot twists that change the way I looked at some of the characters in the original series. However, given this is a work at least inspired or touched by J.K. Rowling’s hands, I cannot give it any less than five stars. I devoured this book and being with my favorite characters once more was worth the disappointment. I loved the new characters as well, specifically Scorpius, who makes my heart want to sing and fly and hug him. Okay, I really love Scorpius and I have no shame.
The plot was exciting, keeping me hooked the entire time in true Harry Potter fashion. The characters were slightly unlike themselves, but I credit that to it being a play and not completely written by J.K. Rowling and the characters being adults. Harry is no longer the eleven year-old boy that stole our hearts, he is older, wiser, and an a fully-grown man. The same goes for Hermione, Ron, and Ginny, but Ron is the most in-character of them all. Even when he’s older, he manages to get just as jealous as when he was 17.
Also, here’s one of the most beautiful quotes that perfectly captures the friendship between Albus and Scorpius (which I just so happened to love…a lot): “That’s the thing, isn’t it? About friendships. You don’t know what he needs. You only know he needs it. Find him, Scorpius. You two–you belong together.” Their friendship was one of my favorite things about the book. I loved how unlikely it was, but how perfect it was at the same time. I appreciated that it brought Harry and Draco closer as well, showing the brighter sides of Draco Malfoy (and there are brighter sides).
While I had problems with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, ultimately I adored it. I had waited six years for this to come out and I think it’s understandable that I was disappointed. That doesn’t lessen my need to shove it in everyones’ faces, demanding that they read it, though. To all the Potterheads in the world, this play is for you. Oh, how I’d love to see it…but alas, at least we have been given the privilege of reading it.